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SULAMANI AWARDED ARLINGTON MILLION XXI AFTER DISQUALIFICATION; STORMING HOME FIRST UNDER WIRE, DUCKS OUT SHARPLY TO LOSE RIDER
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 16, 2003) -- In the most bizarre Arlington Million in its 21-year history, favored Storming Home came home first under the wire in Saturday's Chicago centerpiece but ducked out sharply in the last strides to eventually unseat jockey Gary Stevens past the wire and be disqualified for his erratic late run. The incident resulted in Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani being declared the winner of Arlington Million XXI
While Stevens was being rushed to the Emergency Room at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for X-rays on his left shoulder, Storming Home, owned by Gainsborough Farm LLC, was disqualified from first for interference with the two horses who finished in a dead heat for third under the wire. They were elevated to the runner-up positions while Storming Home was placed fourth.
After being declared the Arlington Million winner, the 4-year-old European star Sulamani, beaten a half-length in the original finish, returned mutuels of $7.60, $5.20 and $4.20 as the strong second choice in the wagering.
The Irish-bred star, runner up in last fall Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France, also captured the Group I Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) in the spring of his 3-year-old season. Saturday's Arlington Million was the 100th grade or group I win for Godolphin in its10-year-history. Jockey David Flores was aboard Sulamani for the win.
"What happened with the other horse (Storming Home) had nothing to do with me," Flores said. "I just got lucky to get put up."
After being elevated to the second positions, Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter's Paolini paid $7.20 for the place and $9.40 for the show, while Mrs. Susan McCarthy's Kaieteur returned $12.00 for the second position and $3.00 for the third spot after that pair finished on even terms.
Storming Home, who came from far back to finish first under the wire, registered a final time of 2:02.29 over the mile and a quarter distance over a course rated "good." Earlier fractions in the race were 24.22, 49.11, 1:13.43 and 1:37.77.
Erik Penser's Beauchamp Pilot made the early pace in the 2003 Arlington Million before tiring in the lane. Charles E. Fipke's Perfect Soul came from just off the early pace to take command briefly at the eighth pole, but could not sustain the bid and finished fifth.
JOCKEY GARY STEVENS BEING TREATED FOR INJURED LEFT SHOULDER AT NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
According to Arlington Park Racetrack Chaplain Dennis Nelson, who is with jockey Gary Stevens in the Emergency Room at Northwest Community Hospital, "Gary is conscious and talking. He has been give a shot (painkiller) and had X-rays taken of his left shoulder, which he said was stepped on."
The results of the X-rays had not been determined as of 6:30 p.m. Central time.
During the conversation with Nelson, Stevens inquired about the final result of the race. He was informed that his mount in the Arlington Million, Storming Home, had been disqualified and placed fourth for interference in the stretch.
Northwest Community Hospital has asked that all calls inquiring about Stevens be directed to the Arlington Park press box at (847) 385-7548.
STATEMENT FROM EDDIE ARROYO, SENIOR STATE STEWARD, ILLINOIS RACING BOARD REGARDING THE DISQUALIFICATION OF STORMING HOME FROM FIRST TO FOURTH IN THE ARLINGTON MILLION
"We put up the Inquiry sign to view the incident in the late stages of the Arlington Million. After viewing the replay and talking to the riders involved other than Gary Stevens, who was in the ambulance.
"Both riders (Rene Douglas and Andreas Suborics) felt that they were interfered with prior to the finish.
"We viewed the replay to determine if there had been interference and after determining that there had been, we viewed the replay again to determine if the interference had occurred prior to the finish of the race.
"We determined that the incident had occurred about 20-25 feet prior to the finish, therefore we disqualified the winner and placed him fourth for interference to both Paolini and Kaieteur, who dead heated for third."
ARLINGTON MILLION DAY HANDLE SECOND HIGHEST NON-BREEDERS' CUP TOTAL IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
The total handle on Arlington Park's 12-race card on International Festival of Racing Saturday was $15,257,859, the second highest on a non-Breeders' Cup day in Illinois history. The record of $15,851,625 was established last year.
This total includes $290,784 from France, who wagered on the International Festival for the first time ever.
On track, the 28,614 fans in attendance wagered $2,825,894 on Saturday's 12 races.
In 2002, $2,826,212 of the record handle was wagered at Arlington Park by the 27,432 in attendance on Arlington Million Day.
Arlington Park -- host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- runs a 104-day meet in 2003 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates seven off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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